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John DeMont

John DeMont has been a columnist and Calgary correspondent for The Financial Post, a senior writer, Ottawa correspondent and Atlantic Provinces bureau chief for Maclean's Magazine and a senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle Herald. He has written six books including, most recently, A Good Day's Work, In Pursuit of a Disappearing Canada for Doubleday Canada. His books and articles have won many regional and national awards.

JOHN DeMONT: I’m better off — statistically — than the average Nova Scotian from 1917

JOHN DeMONT: I’m better off — statistically — than the average Nova Scotian from 1917

It helps that times have changed and large-scale calamity rarely visits us anymore. These thoughts and others occupy my mind as I prepare for vacation.
JOHN DEMONT: Now is the time to praise the appliance repairman

JOHN DEMONT: Now is the time to praise the appliance repairman

In my mind, the 21st-century appliance repairman is on par with the 17th-century Canadian voyageur, the 18th-century Halifax lamplighter and the 19th-century Pictou County collier; they are absolutely essential.
JOHN DeMONT: Searching for ghosts of the past in buildings of today

JOHN DeMONT: Searching for ghosts of the past in buildings of today

With a little imagination, watching the demolition of old buildings on Sackville Street can transport the viewer to centuries past.
JOHN DeMONT: Nothing pure about Cornwallis, nor the raising of his statue

JOHN DeMONT: Nothing pure about Cornwallis, nor the raising of his statue

The statue was erected in the inter-war years of the 20th century, at a time when Canadian nationalism, then inseparable from the British Empire of the day, was on the rise. The sentiment the statue expressed — that a good Englishman could defeat a “cruel and at the same time childlike savagery” — was pure colonial imperialism.
JOHN DeMONT: The joys of the printed book

JOHN DeMONT: The joys of the printed book

They were fresh-faced and clear-eyed, the men and women I had breakfast with at an alarmingly early hour yesterday. There were only a couple of dozen Atlantic booksellers enjoying the eggs and fresh fruit, the croissants and life-yielding coffee.
JOHN DeMONT: The pleasures of accidental celebrity watching

JOHN DeMONT: The pleasures of accidental celebrity watching

Celebrities are hard to come by in Halifax but if you keep your eyes open you may get lucky.
JOHN DeMONT: 150 reasons to love Nova Scotia

JOHN DeMONT: 150 reasons to love Nova Scotia

Canada Day, in a year that the marketing whizzes have rebranded Canada 150, is a big day in this big country. It’s also a day when folks feel compelled to say patriotic things about the place they call home.
JOHN DeMONT: Youth suicide deserves to be a provincewide debate

JOHN DeMONT: Youth suicide deserves to be a provincewide debate

There is nothing sadder than young death—unless it is someone who has barely begun to experience life taking theirs because the option of going on was just too much for them. All of which makes the news of late so incredibly tragic.
JOHN DeMONT: Clinging to work to keep the agitation at bay

JOHN DeMONT: Clinging to work to keep the agitation at bay

I’d be happy if my obituary read: “John, who was 107, was found face-down at his keyboard, the letters QWERTY imprinted in the papery flesh of his forehead, before the rigor mortis set in.”
JOHN DeMONT: Here’s to Canada 12,000

JOHN DeMONT: Here’s to Canada 12,000

I’m sure I’m not the first person to ask but isn’t there something a little off about the ‘Canada 150’ celebrations that hit their stride later this week?